Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I’m a UI/UX designer at @WalmartLabs.
Tell us briefly about your company. What do they specialize in? What does your team look like?
WalmartLabs is a research division of Walmart Global eCommerce. My team consists of six people and half of them are Designation grads.
Tell us briefly about your job
I work mainly on our supplier- and seller- facing web apps. I get a chance to do both UI and UX which is something I always wanted. Sometimes I do UI for wireframes; sometimes I redesign existing products; sometimes I get to build things from scratch.
I work remotely from Chicago for the main Bay Area office. It’s a completely new experience for me, but I love it. I have a more relaxed schedule and don’t need to worry about morning traffic and commute. With my team we communicate throughout the day via Slack or WebEx, so everyone is caught up on everything.
What did you do professionally before you started at Designation? And where did you live?
I used to work as a dentist in Ukraine. That was very different.
How did you hear about Designation? And why did you decide to attend?
I found it online while looking for design programs. I liked that it was a bootcamp, which meant an efficient spending of time. I considered a few other programs but I chose Designation because of the real-life client experience and how it prepares designers to be well-rounded in UI and UX.
How would you describe your Designation experience?
It’s an interesting combination of working very hard and still having fun. The program is intense but all the great people that surround you and the whole collaborative atmosphere is so engaging and motivating. I actually enjoyed this fast-paced environment.
“Basically, all the things I do at my job I learned at Designation. Aside from theory and multiple software skills, I learned how to present my work and defend my design decisions. It also introduced me to a variety of design resources that I use for problem solving or just for inspiration.”
What did you find was the most useful skill, tool, or experience from your time in the program?
Working with real life clients. It gives a proper hands-on experience from initial introduction to the final product delivery. It’s also a big plus during job interviews.
What are the people at Designation like (including staff, instructors and fellow students)?
Everybody is very passionate about design and dedicated to what they doing.
How did Designation help prepare you for your job as UX/UI designer?
Basically, all the things I do at my job I learned at Designation. Aside from theory and multiple software skills, I learned how to present my work and defend my design decisions. It also introduced me to a variety of design resources that I use for problem solving or just for inspiration.
What advice can you give to someone trying to start in the design industry?
Don’t be afraid to come from another industry. You can use your previous experience and skills to your advantage. It becomes something that sets you apart from the competition.